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Gympie Muster birth place up for sale

A BIG part of Gympie region's cultural history - the home of the Gympie Music Muster - is for sale.

After over 130 years of Webb family ownership, more than 275ha of the historic Thornside property is to be sold in two or possibly three lots (by negotiation).

"I'm keeping the home paddock," Fabian Webb's widow Tanda said this week.

Two separate titles are advertised as "441 acres" for $550,000 and a third is "239 acres" for $535,000.

"It's sad in a way," she said, "but life moves on."

Tanda Webb says there will still be Webbs on the Thornside property where Fabian, Marius and Berard Webb grew up, raised cattle and became the famous Webb Brothers band.

As musicians, they had a massive hit with their song "Who Put the 'roo in the Stew" and Fabian once madea recording at 4BC in Brisbane, in a studio where another three brothers, called Gibb, were just finishing making a record.

"They were the Bee Gees," Fabian told The Gympie Times some years ago.

Marius's family will still stay on their part of the original Thornside property and Tanda will keep the 53ha "home paddock."

"We're selling the cow paddock and the bullock paddock," she said.

"That's 441 acres.

"Fabian set this in motion before he died. It was to be our retirement," she said

Also for sale is "Capsule Hill," the property owned by Anthony (Tanda and Fabian's son) and Helen Webb.

"That's where they buried the time capsule from the first Muster.

"Anthony loves it where he is now (near Biloela) and he wants to buy another property there," she said.

John Bambling, of Gympie's Bambling Rural property agency, said the two properties Tanda had for sale could be sold separately.

"It's only 25 minutes from Gympie," he said.

The two titles, 36km west of Gympie are "142 acres with two creeks and a permanent waterhole" and "299 acres with one creek and permanent waterhole."

Mr Bambling described them as "the finest grazing in the tightly held farming community of Widgee, just over an hour from Rainbow Beach and Noosa.

"The property was the original site of Gympie's country music muster from 1982 until 1984, being the brainchild of the Webb Brothers and a product of their passion for country music and the idyllic lifestyle offered by this beautiful country," Mr Bambling said.

In 1982, the Webb Brothers invited the public to join them in celebrating 25 years in country music and 100 years of their family at Thornside.

About 6000 people turned up and the event was moved to Amamoor forest in 1985.

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